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RYAN, Jeremiah. Born 1836, Co. Clare. Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA.
Donated by Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa, USA.


Source: Historical and Biographical Record of Black Hawk County, Iowa. Chicago: Inter-State Pub. Co., 1886.

Jeremiah Ryan, an active farmer and stock-raiser of East Waterloo Township, was born in County Clare, Ireland, in August 1836. He remained in his native country till attaining the age of fourteen years, when his parents, John and Mary Ryan immigrated to America. They remained several years in New York City, and there our subject attended the city schools. His parents then removed to Winnebago County, Illinois, where they resided till their death. Jeremiah Ryan commenced life for himself, working by the month for farmers in Illinois. He was married in 1857 to Miss Sarah Pelley, of Winnebago County, and to this union were born the following children: - William H., Edmond, George F., Elmer J., Lucius E., Walter, May I., Annie and Maggie. After his marriage Mr. Ryan rented a farm in Winnebago County and by his untiring industry he was soon enabled to purchase eighty acres. He remained in Winnebago County till the fall of 1867, when he removed with his family to Black Hawk County, Iowa. He at once settled on the farm on section 8, East Waterloo Township, where he has since made his home. His land when he first settled here was all ray prairie. At present he has 320 acres, most of which is under cultivation, and he is actively engaged in raising grain and stock, his cattle being of a high grade. His substantial residence was built by him, and his barns and other buildings are in good order. Mr. Ryan has met with much success in his agricultural pursuits, which is due to his industrious habits and good business management. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ryan are members of St. Joseph Church at Waterloo.

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